Brewers ink Catalanotto to Minors deal

The Brewers signed utility man Frank Catalanotto to a Minor League contract on Tuesday, adding a versatile veteran — and another left-handed bat — for organizational depth. It’s a move that probably doesn’t bode well for Brad Nelson.

Catalanotto will report to the team’s year-round baseball facility in Phoenix for 5-7 days of workouts before he’s assigned to a Minor League affiliate, a Brewers spokesman said. It’s possible that he could eventually replace Nelson on the Brewers’ bench if Nelson doesn’t hit a hot streak.

Entering this week’s series against the Marlins, Nelson, who made his first Opening Day roster by hitting .354 in Spring Training, is 0-for-20 in 18 games. He reached base for the second time this season on Saturday when he drew his second walk.

Catalanotto is a .292 hitter in 12 seasons with three American League teams while playing both corner outfield positions, plus first, second and third base. He spent the last two years with Texas, but was released at the end of Spring Training when the Rangers opted to add Andruw Jones to the roster. Texas swallowed Catalanotto’s $6 million salary for this season, so the Brewers would only owe him a prorated portion of the Major League minimum salary for time he spends in the big leagues.

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